> Let me just add a "me, too" from the UK. If half the rhetoric
> about freedom coming out of the USA was true, I'd be queuing up
> to immigrate. Alas, it isn't. The USA is just another country,
> albeit a very big one, with the usual range of political pathologies.
Technological progress depends on the continuous presence of
unregulated terrain to expand into. There seems to be no evidence that
postindustrialist cultures can be recycled by temporary fallbacks to
the "preindustrial" age, akin burning fronts continuously cycling
through regrowing forests.
After Far East (diverse tigers, dragons, China, India) have burned
themselves through the manic industrialization/growth phase, fuelling
tech progress, we need to have easy access to space, orelse we all
crystallize into geriatric rigor.
If we don't get into space sustainably, and relatively soon, we're
(Anecdotally, regulation starts to exert its iron grip on the U.S., at
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